It could have been a lot worse for Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, who strained his right pectoral muscle earlier this week, considering that he was out for the entire 2009 season after tearing his left pectoral muscle. This time, the strain will not require surgery, and it will only keep Jackson out for 3-8 weeks.
Whatever your opinion is about Jackson, this is good news for the Browns defense. Some find his statistics deceiving, but his presence will add depth to a defense with a little bit of promise. A season-ending injury would have obviously been a big setback, but even eight weeks does not completely derail Jackson’s season, or career for that matter. Either way, this does not come at a good time for Jackson, who is looking to land a long-term deal.
If things go especially well with his recovery, and Jackson makes it back in the minimum time of three weeks, he could be ready to go for the season opener on September 12th against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The worst case scenario at this point means that Jackson will return October 10th against the Atlanta Falcons.